Top things to do in Yamaguchi Prefecture

Top Choice Cave in Yamaguchi Prefecture

Akiyoshi-dō

Within the Akiyoshi-dai Quasi-National Park, Akiyoshi-dō is the largest limestone cave in Japan. It extends about 10km (though public access is limited to a 1km section), at some points 100m wide, and a river flows …
Top Choice Market in Shimonoseki

Karato Ichiba

A highlight of a trip to Shimonoseki is an early morning visit to the Karato fish market. It's a great opportunity to try sashimi for breakfast or lunch, and fish doesn't get any fresher than this – a fair bit of it…
Top Choice Historic Building in Hagi

Kikuya Residence

As official merchants to the daimyō, the Kikuya family's wealth and connections allowed them to build a house well above their station (they were merchants rather than samurai). This house dates from 1604 and has a …
Top Choice Park in Yamaguchi

Kōzan-kōen

North of the town centre is Kōzan Park, where the five-storey pagoda of Rurikō-ji (瑠璃光寺), a National Treasure dating from 1442, is picturesquely situated beside a small lake. Its eaves are lit up dramatically at nig…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Hagi

Tōkō-ji

East of the river, pretty Tōkō-ji, built in 1691, is home to the tombs of five Mōri lords. The stone walkways on the hillside behind the Zen temple are flanked by almost 500 stone lanterns, which were erected by the…
Top Choice Seafood in Shimonoseki

Yabure-Kabure

There's only one thing on the menu in this boisterous spot: pick from a range of fugu sets, such as the dinner Ebisu course, which features the cute little puffer in raw, seared, fried and drowned-in-sake incarnatio…
Top Choice Bridge in Iwakuni

Kintai-kyō

Iwakuni's chief claim to fame is this graceful bridge, built in 1673 during the rule of feudal lord Kikkawa Hiroyoshi. It has been restored several times since then, but its high arches remain an impressive sight ov…
Top Choice Cultural Centre in Yamaguchi

Saikotei

This handsome building was originally a high-end restaurant named Gion Saikotei from 1878 to 1996. In 2004 it was converted into this cultural museum, where you can observe or learn calligraphy, wear a kimono/yukata…
Top Choice Cafe in Hagi

Hotoritei

A tranquil rest stop near the Jōkamachi area, Hotoritei is within a large house surrounded by gardens. It mainly serves coffees, teas and cakes – try the fluffy, cream-filled matcha (green-tea) roll. There are a few…
Cultural in Hagi

Hagi Mantoue

A promenade of 500 stone lanterns are lit up with candles at Tōkō-ji for the Hagi Lantern Festival, which honours the spirits of ancestors on 15 August each year. The warm glow on a summer's night is atmospheric and…